June 13, 2009

Recommendations: Advice

Posted in Announcements at 7:18 am by maf


So far I must say that this hasn’t been a relaxing summer!

I can tell that the job hunt is still on out there.  My clue: floods of requests for Recommendations – a virtual tsunami of recommendations to process.

I need your help with this.

It is in my best interest that you get a job, for a number of reasons – so I want to do all that I can to help.

I don’t have a printer – this is the key thing.  Mine is caput.   I will not ask for another – because of both economic and ecologic reasons.

Here are some specific strategies that will greatly enhance my ability to help you with recommendations:

  • Just remember: I cannot generate paper. I can’t fax, either.  It’s either electronic or mail.
  • Almost always, there’s a part for you to fill out.  Please fill this out!
  • No matter how urgent it is, I usually can’t get one done by the next day.
  • Please mail the form to me in MACON.  I’m not going much to Athens these days. You can find my Macon address several ways – look in WebCT, any of my courses, at the bottom of the home page.  Or just ask me over email.
  • Please include an addressed envelope and please include a stamp.   UGA doesn’t provide postage for me, either.
  • Electronic forms, of course, are great!  That is, if they WORK.  If I have to do a lot of fiddling to make it work – I don’t have time for that.  Pdf forms usually don’t work for this reason, unfortunately.

I really am very happy to fill out recommendations.  It’s just these little impediments that can make it much more difficult than it should be.  If you follow all of the ideas above, it takes maybe 15 minutes tops to get this out the door.  No problem a-tall.

Good luck with job-hunting!  Keep at it – I’m hearing about successes every week.


June 9, 2009

Graduation Reminders

Posted in Announcements at 5:41 am by maf

It’s summer and we’re supposed to be taking it easy, right?  So far, not the case, unfortunately.

Administrative tasks have caused me to neglect you a bit.  There are many deadlines coming up in the next few days.

  • June 10:  Last day to register for Marathon
  • June 12:  Grad App and Program of Study due to Graduate School – if you haven’t done these yet, drop everything and do it today
  • June 15:  Portfolio (or AP) to advisor (for Summer Marathoners)
  • June 19: Portoflio/AP ready for committee
  • June 26: Marathon

You can find many forms and tools linked on the SLM Graduation Page.

There is an internship deadline on the calendar as well, but my records show that all enrolled interns have satisfied it.

On another note, I hope all or most of you will consider mentoring a new student.  I’ve run out of mentor volunteers amidst the match-up process – soon I’ll have to ask people specifically. Thanks to the many who have volunteered – and you should have your mentee’s name(s) by now.

April 24, 2009

Summer Marathon Date Set: June 26

Posted in Announcements at 10:20 am by maf

It’s pretty much official – if you’re in the Summer Marathon, block off June 26.

Instructions for registering, etc., will come from Janette.  However, I’m sure this won’t happen for awhile – since we need to recover from the Spring Marathon first!

April 23, 2009

Congrats and thanks!

Posted in Announcements at 1:36 pm by maf

To echo Janette’s post on SLM-L earlier, congratulations to all Spring Marathoners! They were interesting down through the very last one.  All did well – and I’m sure all are feeling quite relieved!

Summer graduates, I’m sure you will do just as well.

I enjoyed last Saturday – hope you all had fun, too. I especially want to thank you for the lovely garden basket and gift certificate. I will enjoy both immensely!

January 29, 2009

For Summer Graduates

Posted in Announcements at 9:06 am by maf

Remember the discussion we had on Jan 24 about Programs of Study? And how we said it’s ok to file early? Here’s a new tidbit on that.

Due to a projected lean summer staffing plan, our Graduate Coordinator has requested that all summer paperwork be filed early, if possible.

So – if you are an August graduate, consider starting your Program of Study ASAP.  Things to remember:

  • Hard copy is required – hence, a major part of the difficulty.
  • This is a difficult form.  Because of a history of problems with it, please listen to my audio coaching in WebCT 7460 Resources before filling it out.
  • The form itself can be found here.
  • The earlier you do it, the less stress will be involved.
  • Feel free to bring to class on Feb 7, or in March, or in April – I will pass on paper copies to wherever they need to go – your advisor, etc.
  • I am building a new SLM Graduation site here – where I will collect the things you need for graduation.

January 3, 2009

Happy Announcement

Posted in Announcements at 7:30 pm by maf

Here’s a quick happy post before we get down to work for real next week.

Shawn, our only graduate in December, timed everything perfectly. Kathryn Elizabeth made her debut on December 23 and all is well.

Congratulations to the the whole family!